Three weeks ago, I presented an assortment of unopened chocolate bars from 1981. As a candy collector, I originally acquired them with the desire to recover the packaging – not so much the decades-old chocolate inside.
Getting the bars out of the wrappers was only half of my recovery process. Due to their age, getting these wrappers into a nice flat shape took time. Using a number of tools including a butter knife, a detail cutting blade, and a Sharpie marker (capped) – I was able to carefully deconstruct the wrappers. After that, I placed each wrapper between two sheets of plain white paper and allowed a few days of flattening inside old hardcover books.
Presented here are the wrappers as they now look.
I think these wrappers came out of the recovery process looking pretty good. It’s not always easy getting a wrapper into a flattened-out shape, and not all collectors I know do this. Some collectors prefer to keep the wrapper looking somewhat close to how they appear with the candy still inside.
At some point, I will photograph some of the unorthodox methods I’ve developed to recover wrappers from bars with minimal tearing.
To check out my original post documenting the opening of these bars, head over here.